Okay, Steven Spielberg, we know you like going back in time and showing us aliens in the American past, particularly in the 1950s-70s. You did it with the last Indiana Jones. You're doing it with Men in Black 3 and Super 8. And now you've come up with an idea for Transformers 3 which could honestly finally make me interested in this franchise.

Those of you who don't want to know how the Michael Bay-directed sequel will kick off, don't read any further. I've probably already told you too much, though in my defense you are reading a post that is in no way hiding the fact there are plot details to be found here. Unlike the source of this information, CHUD.com, I'm not going to use invisible ink. To be frank, I don't even think it's that much of a spoiler. But I will hold off on the goods until after the jump.

All right, so here we go: the Spielberg-conceived prologue will be set in '61 or '62. But we don't immediately know it. First there's a "robot shaped disturbance" on the Moon. Then the movie brings us to the White House and ... reveal ... JFK. He's a transformer! No, just kidding, but he does apparently suddenly become even more interested in winning the space race to the Moon as a result of this disturbance.

And then we're back in the present, I guess, with Shia LaBeouf and some new NASCAR bots. Will Sky Lynx get to make an appearance for a Moon mission, too? I guess there are some things we still have to wait and see about, like how the prologue fixes into the overall plot. Sounds more promising than the last movie, though, right?